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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and Health Profession Scholarship Program (HPSP), focusing on: (1) the cost of obtaining military physicians from all sources; (2) the quality of medical education provided by the University; (3) how physicians are trained to meet military medical needs; and (4) retention rate patterns among USUHS and HPSP.

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Matter for Congressional Consideration

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As Congress makes policy decisions regarding the need for a cadre of physicians who are likely to become career military officers and the most appropriate means of retaining those physicians, it may wish to consider requiring DOD to justify both USUHS and HPSP in the context of specific DOD short- and long-term requirements for military physicians, the role of USUHS and HPSP in satisfying those requirements, and their relative costs.
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